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A high-ranking aide to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democratic chiefs of staff that a government shutdown is more likely than not, according to attendees.

Speaking at a regular meeting of the top aides to House Democrats, Pelosi’s floor director, Jerry Hartz, offered up, unprompted, his assessment that the odds favor inaction before the government runs out of money, sources said.

Yeah, there’s never going to be a budget, and thus a federal government, ever again. It was a nice run, United States of America, but it just became too hard to reach consensus when both sides were pretty sure the other was a bunch of Nazis. What they should have realized is that they’re all Nazis. [Politico]

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